Burkitt Lymphoma in Adult With Atypical Clinical Presentation Primarily Involving the Oral Soft Tissue

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Abstract

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the second most common neoplasm of the head and neck after squamous cell carcinoma. However, it accounts for only 3.5% of all malignancies of the oral cavity. Oral lesions are often a component of disseminated disease process that may involve regional lymph nodes or may at times represent the primary extra nodal form of the disease. Although, isolated oral lymphoma in adults is extremely rare, this paper presents a patient with Burkitt lymphoma in an adult male with atypical clinical presentation primarily involving the oral soft tissue. It is believed that the prognosis of Burkitt lymphoma depends on the extent of the disease, the patient's age, and the timing of diagnosis. Therefore, the role of the dentist in the early diagnosis and prompt referral of patients with Burkitt lymphoma cannot be overemphasized.

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